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Bridget Hill

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001

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Richardson's Pamela and Domestic Service

Richardson's Pamela and Domestic Service

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(p.208) 11 Richardson's Pamela and Domestic Service
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Servants
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Bridget Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.003.0011

This chapter examines Samuel Richardson's novel Pamela as it relates to domestic servants in England during the 18th century. It suggests that one of the reasons for the immense popularity of the novel was the excitement generated by the story of a servant-maid who succeeded not only in bettering herself but also in marrying her rich and aristocratic master. It investigates whether the story of the character of Pamela has any basis in fact.

Keywords:   Pamela, Samuel Richardson, domestic servants, England, novel, servant-maid

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